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Book Description

9 Feb 2007

COLLOQUIAL SPANISH OF LATIN AMERICA is easy to use and completely up to date!

Specially written by experienced teachers for self-study or class use, the course offers a step-by-step approach to written and spoken Spanish of Latin America. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

What makes COLLOQUIAL SPANISH OF LATIN AMERICA your best choice in personal language learning?

Interactive – lots of exercises for regular practice

Clear – concise grammar notes

Practical – useful vocabulary and pronunciation guide

Complete – including answer key and reference section

Whether you're a business traveller, or about to take up a daring challenge in adventure tourism, you may be studying to teach or even looking forward to a holiday - if you'd like to get up and running with Spanish of Latin America this rewarding course will take you from complete beginner to confidently putting your language skills to use in a wide range of everyday situations

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The complete course comprises the book and audio materials. These are available to purchase separately in paperback, ebook, CD and MP3 format. The paperback and CDs can also be purchased together in the great-value Colloquials pack.

The complete course comprises the book and audio materials. These are available to purchase separately in paperback, ebook, CD and MP3 format. The paperback and CDs can also be purchased together in the great-value Colloquials pack.

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  • Audio CD: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (9 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415426944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415426947
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 626,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good revision 13 Oct 2003
I took a 5 week intensive course in Buenos Aires. I tried to read this book before my trip, but only managed a few chapters. On my return, I wanted to revise what I had learned and this book proved to be very useful.
The book contains dialogues, exercises, language points and readings. Language points explained pertinent grammar and idiosyncracies, with numerous examples. I liked the readings (short comprehensions), which generally occured at the end of the chapter. They do help you feel like you could read a real article/advert. The end of the book contains a grammar section and some vocab.
My only gripe (thus only 4 stars) is the omission of el voseo. Vos is used instead of tu in a number of places in Latin America. The conjugation could easily have been added as it doesn't effect all tenses.
If you can't get to Latin America to learn, then I'd recommend this as a good alternative.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It irons out the differences 27 Jun 2005
I have argentinian roots, speak the language and often I am asked to recommend a language course for visitors to the country. A course for Latin America like this one is better than nothing but it treats all countries as a whole and irons out the differences. It would be better to have say a course for Argentina only, with the language inserted in the culture. The course would also have the argentinian expressions and colloquialisms. Only this way you can step into the country equipped with its language and cultural context. Could we please have a language course for Argentina, not just a generic Latin American course, without ironing out national identity.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fair as a supplement to Spanish: 30 Mar 2013
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OK. But I had expected, that these lessons would add significant knowledge about Latin American culture and serve as a good supplement to Colloquial Spanish. In this sense it could be better, I think.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for those of us int the 21st century 21 May 2003
By Patrick Holt - Published on
This book get 5 star for a number of reasons, but the main reason its near and dear to my heart is because it actually address things like email addresses and other technology and how they translate in spanish, None of my other book on learing spanish devote any time to things like e-mail. Being that I work in I.T. in a city that is around 75% hispanic I find this to be a nice touch.
The Tapes are nice, and the book is well laid out. I recomend it to fill in all the gaps that spanish 'textbooks' have.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't i have this sooner!!! 21 May 2006
By L. Gilbert - Published on
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For my situation this product is great. I have been a pitiful excuse for a spanish major. Though i have studied in class,i still have very little ability to communicate verbally in Spanish. I checked this book/Tape series out at my library ONLYA WEEK AGO. The tapes work to connect my full brain in Spanish. I do have a certain familiarity with the language already. But have found myself unable to use the knowledge. I can see that if i had this long ago, i would be much more coherent in Spanish, and be of a mind to be able to quickly reply in spanish, when spoken to. I wish i would have had it long ago.
The book,i see, is very comprehensive, and clear, and well laid out. It appears to cover what you need without a lot of extras to get lost in. Better than any textbook i've ever seen. For someone taking a class in Spanish, or who has studied in the past in a class or on their own, this is a great tool. IF you have no understanding of Spanish whatsoever, I would advise you to begin somewhere else, or if you are a beginner who is serious about speaking it,perhaps incorporate this book/tape series with another more basic learning tool. The first half of side one tape one is very very very basic, then after that it is more for the intermediate student as i am. There is no in between level in this course. It should not be for the complete beginner as it was created for, at least not on it's own. However, for my purposes,I like it, and the price is very cheap. I spent over 200 dollars on another course, and i find this inexpensive one has helped me much more in the one week i've had it,than in the year i've had the other,much more boring course. A note: I do have to utilize my pause button frequently when i am participating with the tape. For this reason it is not a good "learn in the car" resource, unless you are particularly good at hearing spoken spanish. But, it is NOT necesary to use the book to benefit from the tape,provided you are not a complete beginner. THis is nice, because sometimes i am too lazy to read while listening. One disapointment is that there are only two tapes included.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent grounding in Spanish for beginners 24 Mar 2009
By Mikhaela B. Reid - Published on
I've used this book twice now for trips to Mexico, going through most of the written exercises from Chapters 1-13 a few times, and I highly recommend it. I also purchased the CDs, but never really used them much as I didn't find them too practical for actually learning to speak/understand Spanish.

What this book will do: give you a good basic grounding in all the key grammar and structures of Latin American Spanish, help you in learning to read and write colloquial Latin American Spanish and have basic conversations, give you a good grounding in key vocabulary (traveling, writing emails, using the computer, shopping, renting hotel rooms, etc). It's well structured and well organized, but it's paced so quickly that I found it hard to retain some of what I learned--I ended up creating flash cards and doing some of the exercises repeatedly to make them sink in better.

It's also a great reference and supplement to other language-learning programs (the one I have used with the most success is the excellent Fluenz Spanish 1+2 Learning Suite Mac, Including DVDs, Audio CDs, Podcasts, and Fluenz Navigator. Next-Generation Spanish Language Learning Software.) As the title suggests, the book takes a conversational approach--the kind of real-life language you need in actual situations.

What this book won't do: give you much practice in spoken Spanish (understanding, pronouncing and speaking it yourself). Still, I found it very useful!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Colloquial Spanish of Latin America 5 Jan 2007
By Nancy Collins-Moussa - Published on
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I find this book great as I am learning South American Spanish, not Spanish from Spain. My teacher, who is from Argentina, also has purchased this book and is using it with other students who are learning Spanish to be used in Latin America.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colloquial Spanish of Latin America 24 April 2009
By Lester M. Siglin - Published on
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Excellent Book/CD combination. This is convenient because it can be worked in small pieces or longer sessions.
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